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Almost half-way through the season. Things are getting interesting!
The winner of each game (or user if playing the CPU) must post a short game summary following their game. The summary must include the following:
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majesty95 34-3 Justin Crabb (CPU)
ARLINGTON, Tex. --- Brett Ray threw for 222 yards and two touchdowns and the Minnesota starting defense pitched a shutout as the Vikings defeated the Cowboys 34-3 at Cowboys Stadium. Adrian Peterson added 80 yards rushing and a score in the win.
The Vikings dominated Dallas for much of the game but the pinnacle moment was a 1:13 stretch at the end of the first half that saw Minnesota score 17 points and stake themselves to a 27-0 halftime lead. Stephen Burton scored on a Ray touchdown pass at the 1:13 mark to put the Vikings up 17-0. The Cowboys went three-and-out on their ensuing possession and Ray quickly moved the Vikings back into scoring position capitalizing on a touchdown pass to Reginald Thomas with 20 seconds left.
The Cowboys ran the ball of their first play and picked up a first down and immediately called a timeout. With 13 seconds on the clock Tony Romo tried to force a pass over the middle where Minnesota linebacker Erin Henderson picked off the pass. The interception gave the Vikings the ball at the 32 yard line with seven seconds remaining in the half. Ray tired to throw a pass into the end zone hoping for either a touchdown or quick incompletion but his pass was picked off by Barry Church. DeMarcus Ware was called for a late hit on the quarterback, however, and the Vikings we able to add a field goal to extend their lead to 27.
The second half consisted of the Vikings playing a ball control offense and giving equal carried to Peterson, Brandon Jacobs and Darren Lyons. Jacobs was able to punch the ball in from three yards out late in the third quarter to pushing the Vikings lead to 34. After the two teams exchanged punts, the Vikings put in their backups and the Cowboys were able to drive inside the Minnesota 10 for the first time all game. The Vikings defense stiffened up and prevented the Cowboys from getting the touchdown but ultimately conceded a field goal to end their shutout.
The Vikings, who move to 6-0, will travel to St. Louis next week to play the Rams while the Cowboys (2-4) will stay at home to host the Falcons.
Calvin or Patrick? Who will rise victorious in this Super Star Match up? Detroit, MI--- In a battle between the defending champs and last years MVP between the Cardinals and Power House Lions this match up should come down to can Patrick Peterson lock down Calvin "Megatron" Johnson? Every one knows Megatron is an unstoppable BEAST, but Patrick Peterson has been nothing short of sensational since his rookie season. Patrick said he's up for the challenge and loves nothing more than going up against the best and I quote " To be the best you have to beat the best" plain and simple. This promises to be an epic battle between last year's #1 and #2 seeds in the NFC. Who will keep their winning streak going? Will the Cardinals stop the lions 5 game winning streak? Or will the Lions offense prove to be too much and end Arizona's win streak at 3? We'll have to wait and see who comes out on top in this Prime Time battle for the NFC.
Bucs get first win for new coach after surprise roster change at half time
QB Freeman looks surprised as he gets called off the field. The Bucs offense struggled mightily in the first half thanks to a combination of arrant throws by QB Freeman as well as receivers dropping passes whenever the ball was on target. Not even HB Bell could generate much, especially in the 1st quarter as the Saints D played strong. On the flipside, the Bucs D played surprisingly well, forcing a couple of turnovers in the process. The score was 3-3 heading into the half time break, thanks in part to 2 missed FGs by the Saints kicker. With his poor play, capped off by a later 2nd quarter interception, new coach shiftee made a bold move by putting the mostly unknown QB Hankins into the starting spot and benching QB Freeman. This move seemed to spark the offense as their first drive of the 2nd half resulted in a TD pass to TE Cage. The Bucs D would shut down the Saints O and QB Hankins kept calm, delivering passes much more accurately than Freeman. Hankins would go on to finish the game with only 131yds, but 3 TDs and 1 INT along with a 90.5 QB Rating. Freeman would have nothing else to think about in the locker room other than his 1 for 15, 0 TD, 1 INT and a measley 11.8 QB Rating performance. "Hopefully he continues to practice hard and can bounce back from what was probably the worst outing of his career."
Charles, Chiefs Too Much For Bengals
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- For two quarters it looked as if the Chiefs and Bengals would be in for a close competitive battle. But in the second half, Kansas City turned up the intensity and focus, outscoring Cincinnati 20-0 on their way to a 44-14 victory. The game and momentum changed late in the first half, when CB Lorenzo Hopkins intercepted Andy Dalton and took it 69 yards for a touchdown. Instead of a Cincinnati lead or tie game at the half, it turned into a 10 point advantage for the Chiefs. The Bengals would never recover from this. But the big story from this game was rookie QB Kyle Murray, who made his first start of the season. The undrafted rookie proved that he is capable of playing at this level. Murray finished the game 22 for 36 for 327 yards with 2 TDs and 1 INT. Coach Lewers says he was extremely impressed with what he saw from Murray today. Murray was also helped by the fact that Jamaal Charles had another big day, racking up 169 yards and 2 TDs. Charles, who had 8 TDs last season, already has 10 in the Chiefs first 7 games this year. Murray's favorite target of the day was Rich Egnatuk. The second year WR hauled in 6 passes for 119 yards. On the other side of the ball, Justin Houston continued his hot start to the season, recording 4 tackles and 2 sacks. Houston now has 13 sacks on the season and has a chance to break the single season record. Safeties Eric Berry and Lamel Seawood led the team with 5 tackles each. The Chiefs will head into their bye week 7-0. They will need to get prepared for what will likely be their toughest game of the season in Week 9 against Tom Brady and the undefeated New England Patriots. The Bengals will look to snap their 3 game losing streak versus the Browns.
First off, I'll point out Charles Johnson's ridiculousness during the game (7 sacks). ALL of them came while only rushing 4 d-linemen, Peyton would just sit in the pocket to long without throwing the ball to a WR or throwing it away. I used the d-line sub adjustment but sometimes I would forget, being a close game I would get caught up in what formation I wanted to use, He ended up getting a sack on the last drive because of this. He only had 3 at half and they were sporadic so I did think it would get out of hand in the second half.
14-10 This game was an overall sloppy game. In all there were 11 turnovers, 5 INTs and 6 Fumbles. Peyton Manning never looked comfortable in the pocket throwing 3 of the 5 total INTs. Cam Newton was picked off once at the goal line as Carolina was driving attempting to go up 14-10 (highlight below). Brandon LaFell and Jonathan Stewart fumbles 2 times apiece, Arian Foster fumbled the ball immediately after a Cam Newton INT and Cam Newton fumbled on a QB scramble. With his lack of concentration in the first half of the season LaFell will be doing some more cheering on the sidelines as Coach Cieske is fed up with the drop passes and more recently his case of fumblitis. David Gettis is going to get some more snaps going forward until LaFell can prove himself in practice. @majesty95 I almost completed another Hail Mary at the end of the first half but it was knocked out of Steve Smith's hands as the he was coming down with it. High[low]light of Cam Newtons INT in the red zone
After this pick Captain Munnerlyn put his head on the ball and forced a fumble by Arian Foster. Which led to the go ahead touchdown run by Jonathan Stewart.
Houston 20 @ Indianapolis 7Sorry about the small print but forgot to get stats and exited out of game. Houston made it two wins in a row with the two-headed running attack of Tate (18/76) and Hillman (9/64). Matt Schaub also had his best game of the season going 20/24, 258 yds, 2 TD's, and no interceptions.
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Patriots drop Dolphins into two game skid move to 6-0 on the season.
Patriots at times were shaky on offense but the defense was able to limit the Dolphins on offense. Brady and the offense then took over leading long time consuming drives converting 70% on 3rd downs to keep the Dolphins offense on the sidelines. When the Dolphins did have the ball the Patriots defense was swarming to the tune of 3 sacks (Hightower), 2 force fumbles and a interception. Dolphins were held 164 yards of total offense while the Patriots achieved 347 yards of total offense. Dolphins head out to Houston to face the Texans this week while the Dolphins get ready to take on the Seahawks.
Not sure how we are having 6-7 sack games. 3-4 should be the most and that should be rare. Everyone needs to manage sacks just like they do other flaws in the game. You wouldn't run for 300 yards with your RB because that would raise eyebrows. Sacks are a stat just like anything else and everyone needs to manage that.
I've adjusted the sliders a bit more but I think we only had one 6 sack game last year and everyone did well managing their sacks after that. I believe 21-22 led the league and we shouldn't go over that. I realize the blocking is bad this year, especially from the RT, but we can't exploit that (or allow the CPU to do it for us) just like we wouldn't with any other stat.
I know guys last year (myself included) moved guys to RE and ROLB to slow down their sack pace. Also, spreading your line can make it easier in some defenses so limiting that can help. Its just like any other flaw in the game though. We just have to manage it and not let it get exploited. The game will never be perfect and that's why there are leagues like those at TSO where we limit the ways those flaws impact our games.
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